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Morne Trois Pitons


Morne Trois Pitons
Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a significant area of volcanic activity. Main point is the 1,342m high volcano Morne Trois Pitons ("mountain of three peaks"). Other sights include the Valley of Desolation, a region of boiling mud ponds and small geysers; the Boiling Lake, Titou Gorge, and Emerald Pool.






Visit September 2003

On my first night in Dominica I stayed in the village of Laudat, at the foot of the Morne Trois Pitons National Park. In the evening I enjoyed sitting on the veranda of my hotel, gazing at the green around me and enjoying the silence.


The next day, after a visit to Dominica's colourful capital Roseau, I visited Emerald Pool. This is also part of the worldheritagesite: it's a basin at the bottom of a waterfall in the jungle, with swimming pool quality.




Reviews

Julia Chandler (UK):
I visited this site November 2007. The whole island is beautiful, rising steeply out of the sea, and they are very proud of the site - all major sights within it have clear signs with information about what you will see. We visited several different areas, walking through rainforest to see the Emerald Pool, then moving to a much higher altitude to see the Freshwater lake. The greenery there was quite different - you could almost feel you were walking around a lake in the Alps. There are clear reminders of the volcanic nature of the park (I think I read that Dominica has one of the highest concentration of volcanoes in the world) - in many places steaming water comes out of the ground and stains the rocks red and yellow.
And, to make things even better, we had most of these places to ourselves - mass tourism has NOT reached Dominica.
Date posted: April 2008
Ben Pastore (USA):
My visit to Morne Trois National Park in 2004 was primarily in the breathtaking Titou Gorge, where we participated in an excursion called the tropical tunnel. This consisted of a half hour bus ride inland from the charming capital of Roseau, to a spot in the mountains where we were given wet suits, helmets, and a harness, then hiked another half hour to the gorge. When we arrived it was like stumbling upon paradise on earth. All was green and waterfalls poured into the gorge at frequent intervals. We slid our way down the narrow chasm dripping with greenery, clambering over slick mossy stones and splashing in the refreshing mountain water for about an hour until we had to climb back up. I figured Dominica would harbor natural beauty but this really took my breath away. The only more paradisaic site I've ever visited would be Fiordland National Park in New Zealand. Next, without a doubt is Titou Gorge. By all means come and see it and bask in its natural glory while enjoying the warmth of the friendly and likeable locals.
Date posted: August 2005


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Site info


Morne Trois Pitons National Park
Country: Dominica
Inscribed: 1997
Natural Heritage
Criteria:  (8) (10)
Category: Natural landscape, Forest

Site history:
1997 Inscribed
Reasons for inscription

Site links


Official website:
»Dominica national parks

In the news:
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Related links:
» A virtual Dominica.

Getting there


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Connections


Ecology
Endemic Bird Species . Lava tubes . Rainforests .
Geography
Geysers . Hot Springs . Situated in one of the "SIDS" .
Timeline
Late Pleistocene .
Trivia
Covers more than 5% of country . First inscriptions . Located in a microstate .
WHS on Other Lists
Biodiversity hotspot . World Heritage Forest Programme .
World Heritage Process
Only WHS in their country .



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